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How to get twice the value of training, in half the cost and time

June 6, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In "The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" Jeff Sutherland explains how Scrum can quadruple your effectiveness. At Net Objectives we’ve come up with an octupling when it relates to learning. We call it “learning twice as much in half the time for half the cost" Becoming Agile at the team level requires understanding many different aspects of software dev. We have found that an initial focus on a framework leads to a lack of absorption of what is needed &has many developers feel that their meeting burden has increased.

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How to start being Agile today at all roles

June 6, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Agile's not a switch you turn on. It’s a continual progression forward. The mantra of Agile's “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” The difference between software development and the physical world enables us to be more agile in small steps–immediately. Buildings need frameworks to start, software doesn't.

Here are some ways you can do this at all levels:

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Complexity Does Not Mean We Don't Know What To Try

May 30, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Software development is complex. This means that we can't just make a plan & expect it to work. Knowing this shifts how leaders/managers need to behave. Their job becomes more about creating vision & alignment & providing the right environment for the people doing the work. 
 

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20 yrs ago using Scrum to identify problems & let the team figure out how to solve them made sense. It doesn't today.

May 30, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Some people have alluded that the reason for so much bad Scrum these days is that Scrum has crossed the chasm & now mostly mid to late adopters are adopting it. But I disagree. Besides it being a self-serving explanation for why Scrum adoption is not as good as it should be, it isn't true. I've been using, teaching & coaching Scrum for almost 20 years. I find that those picking up Scrum now to be just as smart &committed as those I worked with in 2000.
 
I think the reason for bad Scrum now is that:

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